At George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., graduate-level art therapy students are interacting with the local community on a regular basis.
In art therapy, when the client creates a picture, there is a lot of information therapists must consider. After a session, therapists look at the picture, analyze it and intellectually discuss it. What is particularly interesting, however, is observing how the client approached the materials in the process of creating the picture. This is one way that recording enables therapists to really examine what happened during a session.
See on www.edtechmagazine.com
In legal terms, an architect is the all seeing, all knowing, building professional. You are liable for anything that goes wrong with a building but if someone just hates the spaces you design? If someone feels uncomfortable, or cold, or scared? Well there’s no lawsuit for that.
I used to think it was impossible for you to respond to an audience in the way that tech startups do. These startups can build a product, release it over the Internet and adjust it based on the feedback they get. It’s an iterative process. [...]
This really hit home for me when I read a recent article on the design of Starbucks stores.
Starbucks interviewed hundreds of coffee drinkers, seeking what it was that they wanted out of a coffee shop. The overwhelming consensus actually had nothing to do with coffee; what consumers sought was a place of relaxation, a place of belonging.
[...]This is why Starbucks designed round tables in their stores. They were strategically created “in an effort to protect self-esteem for those coffee drinkers flying solo”. [...] “there are no empty seats at a round table”.
See on architecturelab.net
In 2000, economist Steven Levitt and sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh published an article in the Quarterly Journal of Economics about the internal wage structure of a Chicago drug gang. This piece would later serve as a basis for a chapter in Levitt’s (and Dubner’s) best seller Freakonomics.  The title of the chapter, “Why drug dealers still live with their moms”, was based on the finding that the income distribution within gangs was extremely skewed in favor of those at the top, while the rank-and-file street sellers earned even less than employees in legitimate low-skilled activities, let’s say at McDonald’s.
On the sidelines of the General Assembly meeting, ambassadors and heads of state, including those who have tussled with Twitter the company, seized on it to spread their message.
Most improbable, the new president of Iran, where Twitter is banned, has used Twitter prolifically to convey that he was ready to make a nuclear deal with the West and even, briefly, to break the news that he had spoken to President Obama on the phone, the first such exchange between Iran and the United States in 34 years.
As nations jockeyed for influence and standing here in recent days, several diplomats pointed out Twitter’s advantage. One government aide, who would not speak for attribution, said that it could be used to pre-empt journalists from being the first to get their interpretation of events before a wider audience.
See on www.nytimes.com
A green light for new floating platforms off the Scottish coast should help lower the cost of a low-carbon economy A floating windfarm, which ministers hope could hold the key to cutting the cost of renewable energy, has been given the go-ahead by…
Increased knowledge about seabed and weather conditions for foundations and cable costs allowed project developers to select which schemes to take forward and which not, he said.
Last month, offshore wind provided 5% of national⊃1; electricity consumption from around 24 farms producing 3.6GW. There is now, in total, more than 5GW – enough to power 4m homes – in operation or under construction, at an estimated cost close to £15bn.
⊃1; : UK
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Almost 15 years ago, a friend of mine at McKinsey spent a few nights writing a document called “The Battle for the Home”. The thesis at the time was that with broadband, the home PC was gradually going to challenge the TV as the core home digital system.
MOOCs Are Largely Reaching Privileged Learners, Survey Finds – Wired Campus – Blogs – The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Penn researchers sent the survey to students who had registered for a MOOC and viewed at least one video lecture. More than 80 percent of the respondents had a two- or four-year degree, and 44 percent had some graduate education.
The pattern was true not only of MOOC students in the United States but also learners in other countries. In some foreign countries where MOOCs are popular, such as Brazil, China, India, Russia, and South Africa, “80 percent of MOOC students come from the wealthiest and most well educated 6 percent of the population,” according to the paper.
In other developing countries, about 80 percent of the MOOC students surveyed already held college degrees—a number staggeringly out of proportion with the share of degree holders in the general population.
“The individuals the MOOC revolution is supposed to help the most—those without access to higher education in developing countries—are underrepresented among the early adopters,” write the paper’s six authors.
Sean Dowling, an Educational Technology Coordinator, looks at how teachers can add value to the student writing process by using blog posts in writing tasks.
There is no doubt that writing to a wider audience motivates the writer and results in work of higher quality being produced. However, it is rare that student writing goes beyond the teacher. It may be opened up for peer review, but this usually involves no more than one or two of the writer’s classmates.
Would you follow your university on Twitter? Universities are engaging with students via social media – but will it catch on?
Twitter could be used as another method to reach students, to share content and provide information. The social nature of Twitter means you can ask questions, have conversations, and join discussions or debates.
Questioning and debating teaches us to think critically – a key skill no matter what you’re studying – and online debate is a way to develop these skills. Hashtags create online communities where you can discuss a topic with your peers.
But an online community must be active to be successful.
See on www.theguardian.com